The Last Ifugao Weaver of Batad

Rita traditional weaver in Batad
Rita in front of her home, a few moments before we said goodbye.

I met Rita in Batad, one of the small villages perched among the 2000-year-old rice terraces of the jagged Cordillera mountain range on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

No roads reach the mountain village. To get to Batad my friends and I hired a jeepney in Banue and rode an hour along a windy dirt road to the trailhead where we disembarked. We hiked an hour down the steep rocky trail into the village.

Most of the villages in this part of the Philippine Cordillera can only be reached on foot. 

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An Interview with Taiwan Travel Writer Steven Crook


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Steven Crook, who’s lived in Taiwan for 20 years, grew up in England. He’s been writing travel and other kinds of feature articles for newspapers and magazines since 1996, and has had three books published. His most recently works include Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide and Taiwan For Culture Vultures, a smartphone travel app released by GuideGecko.

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Cultural Adventures in London

It is apparent to even the most casual observer that London is less than an outdoors adventure wonderland. With more than two millennia of history behind it, the British capital does, however, offer adventures of a more intellectual type.

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The Top Three Videos of La Tomatina Tomato Fight Festival in Bunol, Spain

La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain is the biggest tomato fight festival in the world. This year La Tomatina will take place on Wednesday, August 21st. On that day the city of Bunol will dump over 100 tons of tomatoes in the streets and festival goers will have one hour to pelt each other with them. Here the top three YouTube videos of this madness.

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